I love winter and all things wintry so it seems natural that I love my warm drinks. I always have for as long as I can remember.
When I was younger my dad took me hunting with him. It didn’t go so well, I was warning the animals and even though I could walk silently through the woods I would purposefully step on twigs in hopes that the animals would stay in hiding. Dad never took me again. When we got back to the farmhouse I looked forward to a cup of coffee. I had always watched my dad and older brothers drink it when they got back from hunting and wanted to try. It was not for me. I love the smell of coffee but not the taste of it. Even though I don’t drink coffee I keep some in my house because my teenage boy loves the stuff. He has a classic brew and some instant stuff that is supposed to taste like a vanilla latte. He says it’s good but I’ll just take his word for it.
Every afternoon when my youngest child gets home from school I get out the tea set. While he is doing his homework the two of us,sometimes Jessica will join us, will enjoy several cups of a decaf black tea. If either of us have had a rough day I’ll set out the sugar because a cup of sweetened tea can help chase the blues away.
Hot chocolate is also a constant in our house. I keep canisters of instant for when it is just one cup or if the kids want to make their own. At Christmas time we will buy instant Carmel cream hot chocolate and instant chocolate mint but I only buy one tin of each because it is expensive. These typically get used during a Christmas movie night. When I am feeling indulgent I will make hot chocolate on the stovetop. My youngest likes to come in and help. We don’t measure anything we just toss in cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and at times other random ingredients into the pan of milk. We taste it as we go. Once it is finished I pour it into our mugs and top with whipped cream and sprinkles (for the kids). Making hot chocolate this way we’ve had several different versions. My daughter’s favorite has been the strawberry one (she calls it strawcolate), my middle child liked the cinnamon one, and Wyatt likes them all.
I tend to bounce between hot chocolate and tea as my go to hot beverages in the winter. Do you have a drink that changes every time you make it?